05.03.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

After crapping the bed the entire season, Francisco Liriano NO-HIT the Chicago White Sox. I am willing to bet the people that are still holding onto him, had him on their bench. I know Killboy did! That stinks. Great start, but not without concern as he K’d only 2 and walked 6. If you’re looking to sell, now is the time and be sure you point out the no-hitter and how he has “turned the corner” after noticing a mechanical flaw before this start. Good luck.

Anyway, here’s what else I saw:

The Bats:
Scott Sizemore
– 3/4, R, RBI…Recently recalled – and starting – second baseman could provide value in your middle infield.

Adrian Gonzalez – 2/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Don’t talk about him much, but he’s quietly hitting .316 with 2 HR and 20 RBI.

Brett Wallace – 2/5, 2 R, HR, RBI, BB…Continues to hit. He’s now at .383 and in the clean-up spot, I assume until El Caballo comes back.

Jose Reyes – 3/3, R, RBI, 3 BB, SB…Joe King is the most consistent Met as he may be auditioning for another team. He’s now batting .325 with 11 steals.

Carlos Beltran – 2/4, R, HR, 3 RBI, BB…How about that. Hitting .283 and playing every day. Let him sit on your wire.

Jeff Francoeur – 2/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI….315/7/23. Your window of opportunity to sell is still open, but could slam shut at anytime.

Luke Scott – 2/5, R, HR, 3 RBI…I benched him because he was facing a lefty. Dumb. Now has 4 HR in his last 6 games. Remember what I said?

Matt Holliday – 2/5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Rough night as he saw his average dip to .409.

Gaby Sanchez – 4/5 R, RBI…If he could stop hitting singles, he’d be a top pick!

Justin Upton – 3/4, R, HR, RBI…Upton has been mired in a bit of a slump, but hopefully the HR gets him going. He stands at .283/6/15/.

Carlos Gonzalez – 2/2, 2 R, HR, RBI, 2 BB…Speaking of someone that needs to get going. Just his 2nd HR while batting .247.

Ian Kinsler – 1/2, 2 R, BB, SB…He too needs to get going!

Carlos Pena – 1/2, 2 R, HR, RBI, BB…Another slumping “star” hit just his first HR of the season. Average all the way up to .164!

The Arms:
Cole Hamels
-CG, 5 H, ER, 6:1…20 wins is a real possibility the way he’s pitching. Check his game log and expect him to give up at least 2 runs in his next start and then none in the following.

Brad Penny – 6 IP, 6 H, 1:2…Shut the Yankees and Sabathia down. I still would not trust him.

Jon Lester – 7 IP, 6 H, ER, 11:1…Awesome. Lester is now (4-1) with a 2.33 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 46 K in 46.1 innings.

Edwin Jackson – 8 IP, 6 H, ER, 2:1…A decent start, but outshined by Liriano.

Fausto Carmona – 8 IP, 5 H, ER, 5:1…Getting the pattern now? Limited the walks, won the game.

Tyson Ross – 6.1 IP, 8 H, ER, 3:0…Fuentes blew this one for him, as the kid turned in another decent start.

Alexi Ogando – 6 IP, 5 H, ER, 6:1…Smooth sailing until the bullpen blew it.

Erik Bedard – 7 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3:2…Look out now. Two straight quality starts.

Ryan Dempster – 7 IP, 6 H, ER, 5:2…Owners will take this after a miserable season to date.

Chad Billingsley – 7 IP, 4 H, ER, 8:2…Looked like a great line for owners until “The ‘stache” called Broxton in to close it out.

If you have any roster or trade questions, feel free to drop me an email at 4thandHome@gmail.com. I should be able to get back to you within 18 hours.

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